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Grapeseed oil, a common food ingredient and all-natural skincare product, is extracted from grape seeds after they have been used to make wine. Like our other favorite natural beauty staple, coconut oil, grapeseed oil contains linoleic acid and plenty of antioxidants that do the face and body good. Unlike coconut oil, however, grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores, so even the most sensitive of skin types can use this oil with abandon.
To learn more, we enlisted a top esthetician to help explain all the benefits of this potent, multi-use oil. The facts don't lie, and as you'll see, this oil has a plethora of skin-aiding and preventative properties that pack a powerful punch. Keep reading for more info on the benefits of this oil, and all the reasons you should add grapeseed oil to your daily beauty routine.
- Type of ingredient: Oil.
- Main benefits: Moisturizes, lightens dark circles, fades scars, tightens skin, prevents sun damage.
- Who should use it: All skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone.
- How often can you use it?: Once-daily.
- Works well with: Other natural oils like avocado, almond, and jojoba.
What is Grapeseed Oil?
Grapeseed oil is a very versatile oil pressed from grapes, Cecilia Wong, celebrity facialist tells us. It's a jack-of-all-trades ingredient that's light in texture and easily absorbs into the skin. Mainly known for its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, grapeseed oil also contains high amounts of omega fatty acids and vitamin E—which makes it popular when it comes to formulating skincare. A few studies have shown that grapeseed oil has many benefits for the skin, including improving the skin's overall elasticity. Wong says its extremely moisturizing and while it can be used alone, most skin-care products use it as a carrier or base oil in combination with other oils and essential oils, she says.
Meet the Expert
Cecilia Wong is a celebrity facialist and founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare. As a sought-after facialist in NYC, her work offers non-invasive and alternative skincare solutions.
Benefits of Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil contains powerful antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids that work together to combat skin issues. Wong says it's safe to use on all skin types since it's non-comedogenic, and has a mild scent. It can also help alleviate redness for those with sensitive skin.
"Due to its high content of proanthocyanidins (an antioxidant), it helps fight so many kinds of skin problems," Wong says. Oral studies have shown that grapeseed oil can help repair sun damage and boost collagen repair. It also contains Vitamin E, which is hydrating and anti-inflammatory.
- Lightens Dark Circles: Grapeseed oil is an effective and cost-friendly alternative to eye cream. Being that grapeseed oil contains vitamin E—an ingredient commonly found in expensive eye creams that reduces inflammation—as well as moisturizing fatty acids, it can help decrease pigmentation associated with skin inflammation.
- Moisturizes and Protects: Being that grape-seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties, and contains high levels of linoleic acid, which contributes to the formation of ceramides on the skin's surface, Wong says grapeseed oil works to tone, hydrate, and moisturize without clogging pores. It is a commonly used moisturizer for acne-prone and sensitive skin, and for those who have oily or blemish-prone skin, Wong says that grapeseed oil can also help to balance oil production, fade scarring, and combat acne. While many oils tend to leave behind a residue, grapeseed oil also instantly dries upon application, making it a great base under makeup.
- Works to Fades Scars: Not only is grapeseed oil rich in Vitamin E, which has been proven to lessen the severity of scars, but it also contains linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that has, too, been proven to speed up the healing process and decrease the formation of keloid scars.
- Tightens Skin: Science says that the strong antioxidants (PTOs) in grape seeds increase collagen production, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and stretch marks. When applied topically to the skin or taken via supplement, grape seed promotes healthy, youthful-looking skin, as well as improves the skin's overall elasticity. As always, please make sure to consult your doctor before adding any sort of supplement to your diet.
- Prevents Free-Radical Damage: Whether applied to the skin or consumed, grapeseed oil's antioxidant properties have been shown to help fight free-radical damage. It’s extremely powerful, Wong says, and works beautifully with other oils and ingredients. Being that grapeseed oil contains PTOs (proanthocyanidins), which are strong antioxidants that fight free radicals, you may also find that grapeseed oil can help lighten age spots.
[Ed. Note: In most of the studies that showed grapeseed oil could protect against free-radical damage, the ingredient was ingested orally rather than applied topically.]
The Best Products With Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is one of Wong’s favorite oils and is a main ingredient in some of the best selling products from her eponymous skincare line. She calls her Black Currant Serum ($72) a “hero product” loaded with plant-based antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins. It's suitable for all skin types, and works well with oily or acne-prone skin to hydrate, nourish and repair, giving the skin “an overall healthy appearance.” She also recommends the Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin ($68) which is ideal for those with “delicate skin that is easily irritated,” Known for its calming properties, it works to “repair skin and helps change the texture for those who have rosacea, eczema, or dry/rough skin.”
She also mentioned two products from Goldfaden, the Wake Up Call ($85) because it “hydrates and moisturizes skin overnight, leaving the skin feeling smooth and supple,” and Fleuressence ($129) which she says is a "non-greasy, dry oil that helps to brighten, boost radiance, and improve skin tone" and works well for those with dry skin while also protecting from environmental stress.